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The City of Yreka maintains eight parks and a plaza which are available for public enjoyment, recreation and sporting events. The Maintenance Division is in charge of maintenance of all the parks and completes the upgrade work as necessary. While the Division carries out the work, the City Administration actually determines the scope and nature of all work to be performed as well as future use and enjoyment of our city's parks and recreations areas.
Chinese Cemetery Memorial
Cresting the hill of Montague Rd/Hwy 3 East is the Chinese Cemetery Memorial. The Chinese immigrated to Siskiyou County in the early 1800s, and the first person to be buried in the cemetery atop the hill was in 1805. The last burial in the Chinese Cemetery was in 1828. Sometime after that, all of the remains were dug up and sent back to China. However, a memorial has been erected in its place with a plaque reading the names of those originally buried and their history.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 776 towards Montague/Yreka. Turn onto Hwy 3/Montague Rd toward Montague. Just after the stop light for the Yreka RV Park, the Chinese Cemetery will be on the hill to the left. If you pass Juniper Dr, you've gone too far. Parking is available on the grounds.
With a plaque detailing the discovery of gold in Yreka in 1851, Discovery Park is a cozy triangular park situated between Yama Street, Discovery Street and Park Place. The facilities include a small set of play structures, a picnic area and benches, as well as restroom facilities. An open, sloping field lined with deciduous and coniferous trees, Discovery Park is perfect for a picnic, reading a book or playing a game of Frisbee.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Turn right on N. Gold St. Turn left on Yama St. After the N. Fairchild St intersection, Discovery Park will appear on the right. Street parking is available.
A drugstore originally stood in the Plaza's location on the corner of W. Miner Street and Broadway. However after the building burned the City purchased the land. In its place, the City built a Plaza for downtown patrons. A historical marker faces Miner Street while trees and a trellis of vines covers the concrete tables and benches. Checker and Chess boards have been imprinted into the concrete table tops for outdoor enjoyment. Restroom facilities are additionally available in conjunction with the Liberty Arts Center next door. Finally, many "Yrekans" note the Plaza as they pass by for its prominent clock tower.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Go straight through the stop light at Miner St and Main St. The Downtown Plaza is located on the next corner at W. Miner and Broadway. Parking is available in the parking lot across from the Chamber of Commerce on Broadway. Street parking is also available.
The largest park in Yreka, Greenhorn Park has been built around an expansive reservoir sourced by Greenhorn Creek. Trails weave through the surrounding hillside, lapping the lake, while fishermen take advantage of both off-shore and boat fishing. A large picnic area, play structure, open field and a new log cabin information center and restroom are located at Upper Greenhorn. Along the south side of the lake there is old gold mining machinery and a small ghost town. Lower Greenhorn maintains a community soccer field, play structure, large picnic areas, horse-shoe pits, and two restrooms. Lake access is available from Lower Greenhorn and both sections have their own parking areas.
Activities at Greenhorn Park include Yreka Youth & Adult soccer during the fall and spring at Lower Greenhorn; cross-country meets, mountain bike races, fishing tournaments; and city-wide festivities for Yreka's 4th of July celebration.
There are two separate entrances for Greenhorn Park: one for Upper Greenhorn on Greenhorn Rd and one for Lower Greenhorn on Ranch Ln.
Upper Greenhorn Park - Directions: From I-5, take exit 773 toward Yreka. Turn on Moonlit Oaks Ave toward Yreka. Turn right on Hwy 3/Fort Jones Rd/S Main St. Turn left on Greenhorn Rd. The entrance to Upper Greenhorn Park is .6 miles down Greenhorn Rd. A large parking located at the end of the drive.
Lower Greenhorn Park - Directions: From I-5, take exit 773 toward Yreka. Turn on Moonlit Oaks Ave toward Yreka. Turn right on Hwy 3/Fort Jones Rd/S Main St. Turn left on Ranch Ln. The entrance to Lower Greenhorn Park is two blocks down Ranch Ln and a parking lot is available.
Miner Street Park
Just a few blocks from Historic Downtown Yreka on the corner of W. Miner Street and Gold Street, Miner Street Park is a hub of activity throughout the year. The Yreka Chargers Football and Cheerleading can be found during the fall while Men's and Women's Softball play during the spring. The Summer Concert Series, sponsored by Scott Valley Bank and other local organizations, hold concerts in the park almost every Friday night during the summer. The series has taken place for over a dozen years and has featured local bands such as the Lucky Duck Blues Band and Gimme Shelter, Tapwater featuring Yreka-born drummer Rudy Slizewski, Tempest, a Celtic Rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area, and King Cotton with Dixieland Jazz from Athens, Georgia.
The facilities at Miner Street Park include four tennis courts, two play structures, a softball field, picnic areas & benches, water fountains and two restrooms. Additionally, the Yreka Skate Park shares the same grounds as Miner St. Park and is next to the tennis courts and small parking lot. There is also ample street parking available.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Continue up Miner St. (west) to the park's location at the corner of W. Miner St and Gold St. A small parking lot is available at the rear of the park on the corner of W. Miner St and N. West St. Street parking is also available.
Native American Heritage Park
The Native American Heritage Park honors the local tribes of Northern California, which include the Achomawi, Hupa, Karuk, Konomihu , Modoc, New River Shasta, Okwanuchu, Shasta, Tolowa, Winto, and Yurok tribes. The small park located west of the Yreka Fire Station and across the street from the Yreka Police Department on Miner Street between Oregon St. and Gold St., contains a small picnic area, metal memorial sculpture, information boards, building structure and adjacent parking spaces.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Continue up Miner St. (west). After the Miner St and Oregon St intersection, the park will be on the right after the Yreka Fire Department. A small parking lot adjacent to the park is available with limited parking spots as well as street parking.
Newton Sports Park
Built in the 1990s, Newton Sports Park provides youth and adults alike with multiple outdoor basketball courts, a volleyball court and various outdoor training structures. Down the street from Yreka High School Football Stadium and near Yreka High School and Discovery High School, Newton Sports Park is on the corner of N. Oregon St. and Knapp St. Newton Sports Park is built on the original site of the Siskiyou County High School and is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Albert and Genevieve Newton.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Turn right on N. Oregon St. Proceed down N Oregon St. 0.5 miles. Turn left on Knapp St. The park is located on the corner of N. Oregon St and Knapp St with a small parking lot available on Knapp St.
Ringe Park & Pool
Ringe Park & Pool is the largest sports complex in Yreka, situated on the corner of Knapp Street and Sherman St. In Ringe Park, there are two little league baseball fields, a 25 yard-length pool, a large play structure and picnic areas. Little League Baseball have recently remodeled their snack shack and concrete stadium seating is provided for the larger baseball diamond along Sherman St. Behind the outfield, under a grove of trees, is the newly installed play structure and picnic areas.
Facing Knapp Street, Ringe Pool is an outdoor pool open to the public throughout the summer. At Ringe Pool, the Yreka Swim Team practices and competes during the summer while the Yreka High School Swim Team practices and competes there during the fall.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Turn right on N. Oregon St. Proceed down N. Oregon St. 0.5 miles. Turn left on Knapp St. Ringe Park and & Pool are located above the Yreka High School Football Stadium. Parking is available in the parking lot above the stadium and on Knapp St. and Sherman St.
Shasta Avenue Park
Also known as Shasta View Park for its stunning view of Mt. Shasta, Shasta Avenue Park has two softball fields and a soccer field. Ponytail Softball makes its home at Shasta Avenue Park while both Youth and Adult Soccer use the field during their fall and spring seasons. The park is also a favorite spot for flying kites. Jackson Street and Evergreen Schools are just downhill from the park and parking is available on Shasta Avenue.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 775 toward Central Yreka. Turn on E. Miner St. toward Yreka. Turn left on S. Oregon St. Proceed down S. Oregon St 0.4 miles. Turn right on Evergreen Ln. Turn right on Shasta Ave. The park will be on the right and parking is available on the street.
Yreka Creek Greenway
The Yreka Creek Greenway is a natural streamside area that will eventually span 4.5 miles along Yreka and Greenhorn Creeks. A major purpose of this greenway is to store and absorb floodwaters and maintain streamside habitat for native fish, native plants, native wildlife, and people who enjoy nature. As a unique part of Yreka's city park system, the Greenway will gradually expand to provide recreation for families and tourists, including a streamside trail for walking and bicycling that will someday connect the entire City along Yreka and Greenhorn Creeks. Existing improvements include a visitor center, picnic areas, an outdoor classroom, and trailside benches. Please visit the new website at www.yrekagreenway.org for more information.
Directions: From I-5, take exit 773 toward Yreka. Turn on Moonlit Oaks Ave toward Yreka. Turn right on Hwy 3/Fort Jones Rd/S Main St. One entrance to the Yreka Greenway is located behind the Siskiyou County Musuem, 910 S. Main St. Parking is available in the museum parking lot. For more information and maps, please visit www.yrekagreenway.org.
Lewis Park is nestled into a quiet residential neighborhood where Lewis Street meets Lawrence Lane. It is a small community park, featuring lush grass and a children's play area.
Directions: From I-5 North take Exit 775. Make a left on E. Miner Street. At the stoplight, make a left onto S. Main Street. Continue along S. Main Street until you reach Ellis Brooks Motors on your right. Make a right onto Lawrence Lane. Continue about 3 block and Lewis Park will be on your left.